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#121 NewMarketSean

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 10:47 AM

Yeah I went to a concert in the arena a few years back, sat in the upper deck, sound was pretty good...better than Verizon Center actually.

 

I will say this, since we don't have an arena, I'm glad the old one is still making a profit. It would be really sad if there was NO arena. But I doubt it would have stayed that way for long.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:21 AM

I'm glad the old one is still making a profit.

 

I'm not, because that's the primary reason an upgraded arena has never been brought past the preliminary planning stages. There is no impetus to push for the expense and civic demands necessary for a new building when the old one makes money.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:22 AM

I'm not, because that's the primary reason an upgraded arena has never been brought past the preliminary planning stages. There is no impetus to push for the expense and civic demands necessary for a new building when the old one makes money.

 

Just saying, glad there is a place for Muse, Beyonce and Rihanna to play a concert, otherwise, theyd only be playing DC.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:54 AM

Just saying, glad there is a place for Muse, Beyonce and Rihanna to play a concert, otherwise, theyd only be playing DC.

 

And I'm just saying that if the Arena wasn't making money a new one would be in place, so they would still have a place to play :)


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 12:00 PM

Can't O'Malley just invent another tax to pay for the arena?  A snow on your yard tax or something?


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 12:20 PM

Just saying, glad there is a place for Muse, Beyonce and Rihanna to play a concert, otherwise, theyd only be playing DC.

Did you just admit to going to a Beyonce concert!?



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 12:27 PM

Can't O'Malley just invent another tax to pay for the arena?  A snow on your yard tax or something?

 

http://taxfoundation...-tax-rates-2014

 

These comments aside, let's keep politics off the board.



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 12:54 PM

Did you just admit to going to a Beyonce concert!?

Yup. 

 

February 3, 2013 in New Orleans. ;)


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

Yup. 

 

February 3, 2013 in New Orleans. ;)

 

Now, *that* is good reason to wear a bag on your head...


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 06:44 PM

Now, *that* is good reason to wear a bag on your head...


He's referring to halftime at the Ravens Super Bowl

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 06:51 PM

He's referring to halftime at the Ravens Super Bowl

 

Ooops.... I take it back then.... he's *still* waiting for a good reason to wear a bag on his head....


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:02 PM

Yeah like there weren't any good reasons from 1998-2011.
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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:08 PM

Yeah like there weren't any good reasons from 1998-2011.

 

Let's not revisit your flaws   ;-)


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:33 PM

Why do you all want an arena so badly?  You got no sports team(s) for it.



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:55 PM

Why do you all want an arena so badly?  You got no sports team(s) for it.


It's spelled out pretty good in the initial posts of this thread... but... we'd be a better destination for conference (NCAAB) tournaments... NCAAT regionals... Some of the concerts that skips Baltimore would  now come...

The events that are there now, would be better...

Most importantly... a new Arena would be in-conjunction with increasing the size of the convention center.... allowing Baltimore to attract larger conventions (and make use of the Hilton, built for conventions)...  those conventions being huge money makers for the City.

Lastly, just because Baltimore is (probably) not currently viable to house the NBA or NHL... if you had an Arena with the requisite amount of skyboxes, it would at-least be theoretically possible (if you could then sell those boxes) at some point in time. (And even if it is not viable now, we should not shut the doors on the idea that it might be in 10-15 years.)

What I want is an arena with at-least 18,500 seats, and skyboxes comparable to the Arenas in Philly and DC.



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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:26 PM


It's spelled out pretty good in the initial posts of this thread... but... we'd be a better destination for conference (NCAAB) tournaments... NCAAT regionals... Some of the concerts that skips Baltimore would  now come...

The events that are there now, would be better...

Most importantly... a new Arena would be in-conjunction with increasing the size of the convention center.... allowing Baltimore to attract larger conventions (and make use of the Hilton, built for conventions)...  those conventions being huge money makers for the City.

Lastly, just because Baltimore is (probably) not currently viable to house the NBA or NHL... if you had an Arena with the requisite amount of skyboxes, it would at-least be theoretically possible (if you could then sell those boxes) at some point in time. (And even if it is not viable now, we should not shut the doors on the idea that it might be in 10-15 years.)

What I want is an arena with at-least 18,500 seats, and skyboxes comparable to the Arenas in Philly and DC.

 

So, where would you put it on the list of Important-Things-the-City-Should-Do?  What other things go first?


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:32 PM

It wouldn't be too high on my list, but I don't want to get political. If there was a lot of private money involved, which at least was possible at one time, I'd be much more interested.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:39 PM

So, where would you put it on the list of Important-Things-the-City-Should-Do?  What other things go first?

 

The city (and the surrounding counties, and the state, since they all will be intimately involved in all of this) needs to keep pushing toward more public transportation (the Red Line and maybe others), as well as trying to figure out the Howard Street tunnel problem. A publicly-funded new arena probably falls below that. However, as part of a renovation/rebuilding/expansion of the convention center or as a privately-funded project it could be built.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 08:41 PM

More and better public transit along with more investment in the education system would be two things I'd place higher.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 09:19 PM

Why do you all want an arena so badly?  You got no sports team(s) for it.


Because Johnson City probably has a better arena.

And we ain't gonna get any sports teams without one. Christ the Bullets left in 1972 when they played there.
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